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The following journal entries were posted from within, or are specifically about, CAMBODIA. The list is in chronological order. To see all journal entries in the order that they were penned and posted, click Journal.
"Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the empire, ushering in a long period of decline. The king placed the country under French protection in 1863 and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. Following Japanese occupation in World War II, Cambodia gained full independence from France in 1953. In April 1975, after a five-year struggle, Communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh and evacuated all cities and towns. At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime under POL POT. A December 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside, began a 10-year Vietnamese occupation, and touched off almost 13 years of civil war." Learn more...
Slightly smaller than Oklahoma
Population: 15.2 million
Official language: Khmer, French
Capital: Phnom Penh
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. --Mark Twain
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